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Sunday, 11 October 2015


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President to address ACD Summit today

[October 09 2016]

President Maithripala Sirisena is in Thailand making a three-day official visit and attending the second Asia Cooperation Dialogue Summit. The Dialogue Summit that brings together 34 nations in the Asian region takes place from October 8 -10 in Bangkok under the theme "One Asia, Diverse Strength".


Sri Lanka, Iran revive trade agreements

[October 09 2016]

Official level discussions have commenced between Sri Lanka and Iran on reviving trade agreements that were signed between the two countries and will be put into operation soon after ironing out technicalities, Minister of Industry and Commerce, Rishad Bathiudeen said.


SAARC summit put off

[October 02 2016]

Pakistan on Friday (September 30) officially postponed the 19th SAARC Summit scheduled to be held in Islamabad on November 9 and 10. A new set of dates for holding the Summit will be announced soon through the Chair of SAARC (Nepal), reports said.


Reservoir water levels drop, authorities warn of drastic measures

[October 02 2016]

Due to the prevailing drought, water levels of the main reservoirs have dropped to half its capacity, with authorities warning that drastic measures may need to be taken if water is to be continuously released from the reservoirs for power generation.


Dengue Prevention Week

[September 25 2016]

To avert a possible dengue outbreak in the next three months, when the number of mosquito breeding sites are likely to surge with the monsoon rains, the Dengue Control Unit of the Health Ministry will launch an island-wide Dengue Control Week starting on Tuesday, September 27 to Monday, October 3.


Sir Richard Jolly to visit Sri Lanka

[September 25 2016]

Sir Richard Jolly, former Deputy Executive Director, UNICEF, and Special Adviser to the Administrator, United Nations Development Programme (1996 to 2000), and Principal Coordinator of the widely-acclaimed Human Development Report will deliver a lecture on, “Development: Can Sri Lanka be a model for implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs)?” on September 28 at 5 pm at the BMICH Committee Room D, on the invitation of the Gamani Corea Foundation.


Charith joins elite band

[September 25 2016]

Richmondite Charith Asalanka joined the elite band of school cricketers by winning the coveted Schoolboy Cricketer Of The Year 2016 title for the second year in succession emulating the feats of former Sri Lankan greats Arjuna Ranatunga, 1980/82' ( Ananda) Roshan Mahanama, 1983/84'(Nalanda) Thilan Samaraweera 1994/95' ( Ananda) 'Lahiru Peiris 2004/2005 (St.Peter's) and Bhanuka Rajapaksa 2010'2011 (Royal) who had also won the award twice .


Mahela at Schoolboy Cricketer Awards

[September 18 2016]

Cricketing legend and former Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene will grace the occasion at the 38th Observer-Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year awards night scheduled to take place at the Galadari Hotel on September 20.


Errant sugar traders warned

[September 18 2016]

Stern action will be taken against traders who sell sugar above the controlled price of Rs. 95. Instructions have been given to the relevant authorities to launch island-wide search operations, a press communique from the Minister of Finance Ravi Karunanayake said.


No immediate power cuts

[September 18 2016]

Refuting speculations, Power and Renewable Energy Minister Ranjith Siyambalapitiya said, no decision has been taken to impose power cuts on account of the current dry spell in the country.



GUARDIAN OF THE SKY? : Will this sleek, super-sonic jet fighter be the new guardian of Sri Lanka’s skies? SLAF officials have denied any discussions to purchase when SLAF Commander Air Marshal Gagan Bulathsinghala pays an official visit to Pakistan next week. However, the Pakistani media and various defence websites indicate the likely purchase. The PAC JF-17 Thunder is a single-engine, multi-role combat aircraft developed jointly by the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) and the Chengdu Aircraft Corporation (CAC) of China. With a top speed of Mach 1.6, the JF-17 can be used for aerial reconnaissance, ground attack and aircraft interception. It can deploy air-to-air and air-to-surface missiles, bombs and a 23 mm twin-barrel auto cannon. [PHOTO: courtesy –]

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Mystery over Pak fighter deal

Officials deny news reports, admit JF-17 attractive:

Mystery shrouds the future replenishment of Sri Lanka’s air defence as Air Force officials in Colombo strenuously denied persistent reports that the country is poised to buy more strike aircraft from long-time military supplier Pakistan. SLAF commander Air Marshal Gagan Bulathsinghala is due to pay an official visit to Pakistan next week.

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CEB Engineers against:

Sampur resettlement

The Ceylon Electricity Board Engineers Union (CEBEU) warned against using the strategic Sampur area for human settlement, calling on the government not to let political decisions to override country’s future industrial needs. CEBEU President Athula Wanniarachchi said.

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TNA demands: Laws to end poaching by Indian fishermen

TNA Parliamentarian M. A. Sumanthiran on Friday urged the government to bring necessary laws to prevent Indian fishermen from poaching in Sri Lankan territorial waters. Speaking during an adjournment debate on the problems faced by Sri Lankan fishermen due to Indian fishermen exploiting fishing resources in Lankan waters.

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Seya’s father’s DNA ‘vital deciding point’

Results of the DNA tests of Upul Nishantha, father of Seya, the five-year- old girl raped and killed in Kotadeniyawa, will be released next week. The tests are currently being carried out at the Genetech Institute in Colombo. Head of Molecular Forensic Section, Genentech, Dr. Ruwan Illeperuma said.

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Work on Megapolis from 2016

Megapolis Master Plan and Act next year:

The Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development is formulating the National Physical Plan, Megapolis Master Plan and the Megapolis Bill to kick start the commence implementation of the Megapolis Development Plan in early 2016, Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka said.

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